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East Ukraine fighting kills one soldier, injures 17

Iran Press TV

Wed Jan 14, 2015 2:54PM

Ukraine's military spokesman, Andriy Lysenko, says one soldier has been killed and seventeen others have been injured in the latest gun battles with pro-Russia forces in the country's eastern regions over the past 24 hours.

'We have lost one man ... and 17 were wounded over the past day,' Lysenko said during a news briefing in the capital, Kiev, on Wednesday.

The development comes as the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has voiced alarm over the deteriorating situation in Ukraine's restive east, urging the warring sides to exercise restraint.

On Tuesday, Ertugrul Apakan, the chief monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, called for "a full and immediate ceasefire and de-escalation," encouraging both sides "to cooperate with the OSCE and to enhance the implementation of" the truce deal signed last September in the Belarusian capital, Minsk.

Both the Ukrainian military and pro-Russia forces have frequently violated the ceasefire deal. The two sides often accuse each other of firing stray rockets and carrying out attacks, which claim the lives of civilians.

Ukraine's mainly Russian-speaking regions of Donetsk and Lugansk in the east have witnessed deadly clashes between pro-Russia forces and the Ukrainian army since Kiev launched military operations to silence the pro-Russia protests in mid-April 2014.

According to the latest figures released by the United Nations, more than 4,700 people have been killed in the fighting.

Kiev and its Western allies accuse Russia of having a hand in the chaotic situation in eastern Ukraine. Moscow categorically denies the allegation.

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